HURON — The South Dakota FFA building at the S.D. State Fair is always a fun place for kids to hang out and see some animals. What is different this year? An expanded area and more exhibits for FFA’s activity building, the FFA Ag Adventure Center, and it’s free for fair attendees.

"The FFA Ag Adventure Center will bring agriculture to life for visitors. Many consumers have never been to a farm and certainly don’t live on a farm. This space brings the farm to them," said Chris Howard, FFA Ag Adventure Center superintendent.

The South Dakota FFA, S.D. FFA Foundation and passionate agricultural industry representatives have been working on the project and leading a capital campaign this past year.

"Unfortunately we live in a world that knows very little about where their food comes from," Howard said. "South Dakota FFA members, advisors and farmers will be in the FFA Ag Adventure Center showcasing modern agriculture practices, communicating commitment to natural resources, and demonstrating wholesome, safe food production, regionally and across the world. It will bring hands on experiences to everyone."

The FFA Ag Adventure Center is dedicated to empowering consumers to value today’s agriculture. The expanded center has areas dedicated to pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, chickens, soil & range conservation, wheat, soybeans, and corn. No matter what time you visit, there is sure to be an exciting event. At any given moment, you may witness a live sow birth, bottle feed a calf, or watch baby chickens hatch. There are many interactive activities like milking a cow and feeding pigs. There are additional special activities planned for each day.

For more information on the FFA Ag Adventure Center or to support the capital campaign to complete this project, contact South Dakota FFA Foundation director Gerri Ann Eide, gerri@sdffafoundation.org or 605-765-4865.

The FFA Ag Adventure Center is located in the heart of the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, just off of Livestock Ave., west of the Open Class Beef Complex.

The South Dakota State Fair runs from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Labor Day, Sept. 2. The FFA Ag Adventure Center will be open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

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